Cascade Fire Road

Mount Tamalpais Watershed, California

Distance1.9mi
Elevation Gain1,385ft
Trailhead Elevation1,527ft
Top1,527ft
Elevation Min/Max236/1527ft
Elevation Start/End1527/1527ft

Cascade Fire Road

Cascade Fire Road is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Marin County, California. It is within Mount Tamalpais Watershed and Cascade Canyon Open Space Preserve. It is 1.9 miles long and begins at 1,527 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 3.9 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,385 feet. This trail connects with the following: San Geronimo Ridge Road.

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Hiking Waterfalls in Northern California (Falcon Guides)
Tracy Salcedo-Chourré
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"This slender waterfall tumbles down Cascade Creek in one of Marin County’s tucked-away open space preserves. Marin County has been dealt a generous hand when it comes to seasonal waterfalls, and many of these are neighborhood treasures. Such is the case with Cascade Falls in Fairfax: It happens to be the waterfall in my childhood neighborhood. A quick trip down to the end of the Cascades and into what was then called Elliott’s property, then a splash through the sometimes vigorous fords of San Anselmo Creek to the base of Repack (a famous downhill mountain bike run), then what was essentially a bushwhack through fern and poison oak to the cascade itself … a trail I’ve traveled many times, both on foot and on a fat-tire bike." Read more
Best Hikes With Dogs: San Francisco Bay Area and Beyond (The Mountaineers Books)
Jason Fator
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"It’s not the most powerful waterfall you’ll likely see in your life, more like a gurgling friend, a quiet spot to rest, relax, and step out of the rat race, if only for the hour it takes to wander though Cascade Canyon Open Space Preserve and the Elliot Nature Preserve. But make no mistake about it, happy Cascade Falls is worth the trip; indeed during my first trek there, numerous harried people asked if they were getting close to the falls, which tumble down San Anselmo Creek before it widens out and provides a couple of great dipping spots for the dogs." Read more
Hiking Marin: 141 Great Hikes in Marin County (Marin Press LLC)
Don & Kay Martin
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"This hike explores the upper reaches of Cascade Canyon. It offers spectacular views, and abundant spring wildflowers. Lots of bicycle traffic on weekends." Read more
Best Hikes with Dogs: Bay Area & Beyond (The Mountaineers Books)
Thom Gabrukiewicz
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"It’s not the most powerful waterfall you’ll likely see in your life, more like a gurgling friend, a quiet spot to rest, relax, and step out of the rat race, if only for the hour it takes to wander though Cascade Canyon Open Space Preserve and the Elliott Nature Preserve. But make no mistake about it, happy Cascade Falls is worth the trip; indeed during my first trek there, numerous harried people asked if they were getting close the falls, which tumble down San Anselmo Creek before it widens out and provides a couple of great dipping spots for the dogs." Read more
Hiking Marin: 141 Great Hikes in Marin County (Marin Press LLC)
Don & Kay Martin
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"This hike explores Cascade Canyon and Cascade Falls west of Fairfax. Most of the hike is along creeks. Great flowers in spring. Cascade Creek may be impassable." Read more

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Trail Information

Mount Tamalpais Watershed
Nearby City
Mount Tamalpais Watershed
Parks
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
Waterfalls
Features
Marin County Open Space; (415) 507-2816; www.marincountyparks.org
Local Contacts
USGS San Rafael CA; Cascade Canyon Open Space map available online
Local Maps

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Dec 2018